Two people arrested over alleged severed leg hit-and-run, body recovered: Police

by | Jun 2, 2022 | Cops, News | 0 comments

A man and his mother have been arrested in connection to the death of a pedestrian on the Stuart Highway near Coolalinga, in a gruesome scene that police were only aware of after the victim’s leg was discovered on the side of the road by a passing motorist on Tuesday morning.

NT Police said on Thursday they will allege the 23-year-old man hit a woman on the highway on Monday evening and that a 50-year-old woman helped the man remove the body from the scene to an undisclosed location in Virigina, which police discovered last night.

The bottom part of the woman’s leg was left behind sparking an investigation that included reviewing hours of dashcam footage submitted by Territorians from the scene past the Howard Springs lights inbound on the Stuart Highway.

The man, who police did not name, was arrested last night and his car seized. The 50-year-old woman, who the NT Independent understands to be his mother, was also arrested.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Morrisey said police had identified a suspect vehicle which was spotted yesterday afternoon by an officer in Palmerston at a residence.

“Investigators attended the residence and after speaking to the 23-year-old male occupant he was arrested, a car was seized and a search warrant was executed on the property,” Sgt Morrisey said at a press conference.

“Further inquiries were made and as a result of those inquiries, police later attended an address in Winnellie where they arrested a 50-year-old female in relation to this incident. They also seized another vehicle.”

Just before midnight, police discovered the “partially concealed” body of an Aboriginal woman on Jenkins Rd in Virginia, whom they believe to be the victim.

The NT Independent understands the man recently had his licence suspended for drink driving and worked at a business in the Coolalinga area.

The pair are expected to be charged later today with charges including driving causing death and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

 

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